Blizzard Announces Next Game

Today at the Tokyo Game Show, Blizzard announced its next major game development. Interestingly enough, it is not for the PC, but for Consoles. This game, known as Starcraft: Ghost will be a 3rd person tactical-action adventure game set in the Starcraft Universe.

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StarCraft: Ghostâ„¢

Blizzard unveils
plans to bring the legendary franchise to console gamers

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style=mso-bidi-font-weight:normal>MAKUHARI, Japan – September 20, 2002 – During a press conference today at the Tokyo Game Show,
Blizzard Entertainment
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games division of Vivendi Universal Publishing, unveiled normal>StarCraft: Ghost
â„¢ style=mso-bidi-font-style:italic>, a tactical-action console game set in
Blizzard’s epic StarCraft style=mso-bidi-font-style:italic>® normal> universe. StarCraft:
Ghost
is currently under development and is scheduled for a worldwide
release on multiple console systems. The game will be co-published by Capcom
and Blizzard Entertainment in Japan; further announcements regarding
platform/country specifics will be announced in the months to come.

none;text-autospace:none> style=mso-tab-count:1> In StarCraft: Ghost,
players take the role of Nova, a lethal Ghost operative skillfully trained in
the arts of espionage and tactical combat.
italic> Twenty years of ruthless physical conditioning and
techno-psychological instruction have made Nova a being of terrifying
potential. With the help of a determined group of allies, players follow a
series of story-driven missions, engaging in a deadly mix of planetary battles
and dangerous solo operations.
To complete their mission objectives, style=mso-bidi-font-style:italic>players must execute intelligent tactical
decisions while mastering an advanced arsenal of italic>sophisticated weaponry.

none;text-autospace:none> “We’re
very excited about returning to the StarCraft series,” stated Mike
Morhaime, Blizzard Entertainment president and co-founder. “Our roots are based
in console gaming, and we look forward to developing this universe for the
next-generation console systems.”

Key features in style=mso-bidi-font-style:normal>StarCraft: Ghost include:

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Revolutionary new style of gameplay featuring enhanced
physical and psionic abilities

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Hostile Environment Suit designed to magnify strength,
agility, and speed

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Over-the-top special effects offer stunning visuals and
unparalleled tactical realism

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Immersive 3D environments showcase rich textures and
highly stylized character models

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Unique Calldown abilities allow players to target
large-scale attacks from the ground

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A deeply evolving storyline set in Blizzard’s gritty
sci-fi StarCraft universe

As the
story unravels, players find themselves traversing uncharted terrain and
battling adversaries never before seen by followers of the series. style=mso-bidi-font-style:italic>Bold 3D graphics
give players a new,
in-depth perspective on familiar planets and former battlefields from the
legendary universe. A dynamic 3rd-person camera view displays d style=>ramatic lighting, startling detail, and a blend of
realistic and fantastical design. Co-developed by Blizzard Entertainment
and Nihilistic Software, Inc.â„¢, StarCraft: Ghost is scheduled for release
in late 2003.

mso-layout-grid-align:none;text-autospace:none>Since its debut in 1998, the
#1-selling StarCraft series* has won industry acclaim and has shattered
sales records worldwide with over six million copies shipped. Blizzard
continued the series with the critically acclaimed StarCraft: Brood Warâ„¢, which won multiple Expansion Pack of
the Year awards and is still considered by many critics to be one of the best
add-on products to date.

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series, Blizzard
Entertainment (www.blizzard.com), a
studio of the games division of Vivendi Universal Publishing, is a premier
developer and publisher of entertainment software renowned for creating many of
the industry’s most critically acclaimed games. Blizzard’s track record
includes seven #1-selling games and multiple Game of the Year awards. The
company’s free Internet gaming service Battle.net
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active users.

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Intellect/PC Data games category monthly sales April-September 1998
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